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DEAR CFA TEST-TAKERS: Here’s The Best Advice I Can Give You

NOTE: We’ve featured this post before previous CFA exams were administered. The feedback has been positive, so we’re running it again for you December 7 test takers. —————– Dear CFA candidates, I’m not going to give you any tips on how to memorize formulas. I’m not going to tell you […]
DEAR CFA TEST-TAKERS: Here’s The Best Advice I Can Give You
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20 Things I Wish I’d Known Before Taking The CFA Exam

[credit provider=”YouTube/In Betweeners” url=”http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lo_QKHMCtj8″] 6 years ago, I signed up for my CFA Level I as a sprightly, wide-eyed innocent.I wish at the time I had someone who’d gone through everything to point out the potholes of the journey I’m on. For example, warning me about the difficulty of Level II would […]
20 Things I Wish I’d Known Before Taking The CFA Exam
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MBA Or CFA — Here’s How You Decide

[credit provider=”Flickr” url=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/3511574146/”] As we’ve covered the MBA subject briefly in a recent post and many readers wrote in for more, a natural follow up would be the classic question: CFA or MBA?A very, very popular question among potential candidates compares the CFA charter to an MBA – which would be better? Like […]
MBA Or CFA — Here’s How You Decide
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9 Formulas You Must Know To Pass Wall Street’s Hardest Exams

[credit provider=”scubasteveo” url=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/scubasteveo/296747958/”] Tomorrow 65,000 people will be taking the first level of the Charted Financial Analyst (CFA) exam and many of them are probably freaking out right about now.   That’s because the CFA, which consists of three levels, are considered to be the most difficult tests on the Street […]
9 Formulas You Must Know To Pass Wall Street’s Hardest Exams
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The CFA Exam Is This Weekend — Here’s What You Need To Take With You

[credit provider=”YouTube/In Betweeners” url=”http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lo_QKHMCtj8″] The Dec Level I CFA candidates take the exam this weekend. Knowing & preparing what you’re going to bring can make a lot of difference in your exam – taking the exam when you know you’re running out of pencils, or that your calculator is getting […]
The CFA Exam Is This Weekend — Here’s What You Need To Take With You
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ZULAUF: China Is Actually Growing At A 3% Rate

[credit provider=”GoldMoney Foundation via YouTube” url=”http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JSfJR6yR7p0″] Swiss hedge fund manager Felix Zulauf believes everyone is overestimating China’s growth rates while underestimating its problems.Speaking at an investor conference sponsored by the CFA Institute in Prague, Zulauf said China is actually growing at a 3 per cent rate.  This is according to […]
ZULAUF: China Is Actually Growing At A 3% Rate
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7 Ways Your Brain Is Making You Lose Money

[credit provider=”Patrick Denker via flickr ” url=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/pdenker/74684051/”] “Investors are ‘normal,’ not rational,” says Meir Statman, one of the leading thinkers in behavioural finance.behavioural finance aims to better understand why people make the financial decisions they do.  And it’s a booming field of study.  Top behavioural finance gurus include Yale’s Robert […]
7 Ways Your Brain Is Making You Lose Money
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Here’s How One Firm Celebrated Their Passing CFA Candidates

[credit provider=”Wikimedia Commons” url=”http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Ice_cream_cone.jpg”] This morning, the young financiers who sat for the June CFA exam, found out if their studying paid off. Those who passed the exam typically spent over six months to complete a minimum of 300 hours of studying. 
Here’s How One Firm Celebrated Their Passing CFA Candidates
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CFA Level 1 And 2 Results Are Finally Out

[credit provider=”richkidsofinstagram.tumblr.com” url=”http://richkidsofinstagram.tumblr.com/post/27334957192/suite-bosses-by-bigappleboy#notes”] From the CFA Institute’s website…June 2012 Exam Pass Rates
CFA Level 1 And 2 Results Are Finally Out
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CFA Test-Takers Are Anxiously Waiting To Find Out That They Failed

[credit provider=”Flickr.com/eye1″ url=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/eye1/4497745667/”] Most of the Level I and II CFA (Chartered Financial Analyst) June test-takers are probably freaking out this morning as they constantly check their email for results.The CFA Institute said they’ll send the results at 9:00 AM EST today.
CFA Test-Takers Are Anxiously Waiting To Find Out That They Failed
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The CFA Is Over, Here Are The Awful, Hilarious And Helpful Things We Learned From Test Takers

[credit provider=”commons.wikimedia.org” url=”http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:2005INGTaipeiMarathon_10K_Finish_Line.jpg”] The CFA Exam came and went this past weekend, and we imagine most of Wall Street is a lot more relaxed today, or at least nursing a hangover from some well-deserved post-test libations. The CFA exam is only offered once a year (though you can take Level 1 […]
The CFA Is Over, Here Are The Awful, Hilarious And Helpful Things We Learned From Test Takers
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Dear CFA Test Takers: Take Comfort In These Words

[credit provider=”Flickr Chris Griffith” url=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/chrisgriffith/3769283867/”] You probably failed.Around 150k financial analysts sat Levels 1, 2, and 3 of the CFA exam this weekend.  CFA is short for Chartered Financial Analyst, and it’s the envied accreditation pursued by securities analysts and portfolio managers around the world.
Dear CFA Test Takers: Take Comfort In These Words
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CFA Charterholder: These Are The 6 Concepts I Totally Blew Off For Wall Street’s Hardest Exam

[credit provider=”Pursuit of Happyness screengrab via Youtube” url=”http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cLyidgrAl70″] The Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) exams are this Saturday.  Consisting of three levels, they are considered to be the most difficult exams taken by Wall Streeters with fewer than 20 per cent of candidates passing all three tests on the first try.  The average […]
CFA Charterholder: These Are The 6 Concepts I Totally Blew Off For Wall Street’s Hardest Exam
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9 Formulas You Must Know To Pass Wall Street’s Hardest Exam

[credit provider=”peruisay on flickr” url=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/rzganoza/4186516481/”] The Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) exams are this Saturday.  They are commonly known as the most difficult exams taken by Wall Street professionals. Fewer than 20 per cent of candidates pass all three tests in the first attempt at each.There are several formulas a candidate […]
9 Formulas You Must Know To Pass Wall Street’s Hardest Exam
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CFA EXAM DAY HORROR STORY: Hundreds Of Test Takers Get Screwed During Their 2-Hour Break

[credit provider=”Wikimedia” url=”http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Sacs_%C3%A0_dos_avant_la_randonn%C3%A9e.jpg”] CFA Exam Day is coming up this Saturday, and nerves around Wall Street are probably running high. Stakes are particularly high for those hoping to pass Level 2 and Level 3 because they are offered only once a year—CFA Level 1 test takers can also write in […]
CFA EXAM DAY HORROR STORY: Hundreds Of Test Takers Get Screwed During Their 2-Hour Break
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This Slide From Goldman Sachs’ Chartbook To Clients Is ONLY For CFAs

Sometimes, it’s a good idea for Wall Street analysts to include some extremely complicated topics in their research reports to clients.  For one, if the client doesn’t understand it, then they might conclude that the analyst is really smart and deserves a 6+ figure salary.  If the client does understand […]
This Slide From Goldman Sachs’ Chartbook To Clients Is ONLY For CFAs
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2,726 CFAs Say What They Think Will Happen In The Global Economy Next Year

[credit provider=”CFA Institute” url=”http://www.cfainstitute.org/ethics/Documents/global_market_sentiment_survey_report.pdf”] 2,726 members of the CFA Institute—the organisation responsible for awarding the Chartered Financial Analyst Designation—responded to a survey about global market sentiment for the coming year.Overall, they waxed uncertain about the prospects for global markets, with a resoundingly popular opinion that the European sovereign debt crisis […]
2,726 CFAs Say What They Think Will Happen In The Global Economy Next Year
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Dear CFA Test Takers: You Probably Failed

[credit provider=”Flickr” url=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/3511574146/”] This past weekend, around 69,000 finance geeks took the CFA Level 1 exam.  CFA is short for Chartered Financial Analyst, and it’s the envied designation pursued by securities analysts and portfolio managers around the world.The CFA Institute recommends committing 300 hours over six months to study for […]
Dear CFA Test Takers: You Probably Failed
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7 Ways Your Brain Makes You Lose Money

[credit provider=”Wikipedia”] Why don’t investors make better decisions?.”Investors are ‘normal,’ not rational,” says Meir Statman, one of the leading thinkers in behavioural finance.
7 Ways Your Brain Makes You Lose Money
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7 Ways Your Brain Makes You A Terrible Investor

[credit provider=”Gaetan Lee, Flickr” url=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/421949167/”] If you think investors are rational and markets are efficient, then you are dead wrong.”Investors are ‘normal,’ not rational,” says Meir Statman, one of the leading thinkers in behavioural finance.
7 Ways Your Brain Makes You A Terrible Investor
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The CFA Institute Lost Hundreds Of People’s Exams In Africa

[credit provider=”YouTube/In Betweeners” url=”http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lo_QKHMCtj8″] The organisation that awards financiers world-over with the coveted CFA designation, the CFA Institute, has really messed up.They’ve lost the answer sheets of 275 African candidates who took the gruelling 6 hour exam in Ghana in December, according to Bloomberg, via Dealbreaker.
The CFA Institute Lost Hundreds Of People’s Exams In Africa
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Why Most Western Economies Are Veering Toward Hyperinflation

“Inflation presupposes the existence of money, which evolved as an unplanned social institution by a number of inventions and innovations during a period of perhaps 2500 years . . . It follows that inflation cannot be older than money.  But if seems that especially rulers soon detected the potential to […]
Why Most Western Economies Are Veering Toward Hyperinflation